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There will be a 2013 end-of-year random drawing from angler's participating in any of the Volunteer Angler Surveys. We encourage anglers to continue to report snakehead catches through the Inland Freshwater survey in addition to their Angler's Log submission. The information helps our biologists better understand the various species and water systems they utilize.

Maryland Fishing Challenge Logo showing striped bassA new component of the Maryland Fishing Challenge includes invasive species reports submitted to the Angler's Log. Beginning during the 2013/2014 tournament, Angler's Log entries which include Blue Catfish, Northern Snakehead or Flathead Catfish, at any length in size, will be eligible for up to two prizes via a random drawing at the annual Maryland Fishing Challenge Finale. Fish must be kept and a photo showing the kept fish is mandatory. Multiple entries are allowed, but each fish can only be entered once. Remember, all invasive species must be dead to be entered and there is no catch and release category. Visit the Maryland fishing Challenge web site to read the complete set of rules.

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  1. Mark Hoekzema, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 6
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Posted on October 15, 2012 | Permalink

Fly Fishing the Upper North Branch

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Upper North Branch of the Potomac

I spent an absolutely beautiful fall day out on the Upper North Branch of the Potomac last Friday. The river was low and very clear, but I was able to have a surprisingly successful day of fly fishing.

The whole time I used a size 10 yellow stimulator with a size 18 red copper John about 12" below. The day started with a 12" golden trout rising to the stimulator. It was a nice looking trout and obviously had been feeding as his belly was nice and full.

Just two riffiles up I landed a nice trout on the nymph and it appeared to be a cut-bow hybrid, which I found to be very unusual for the location. It was a fat trout too and fought nicely. 20 minutes later I landed a long and thin rainbow on the stimulator.

Further up, I landed a handful of small brook trout holding in long, deep stretch below where a small feeder stream emptied into the river. I believe with catching the brook trout, I technically completed a "grand slam" on the North Branch should the fish I landed be a cutthroat hybrid.

All in all, it was a beautiful day of fishing, as the other photos can attest.

Tags: golden trout, cut-bow hybrid trout, rainbow trout, brook trout

  1. Kenny Adams, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on October 11, 2012 | Permalink

Speckled Trout

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Lower Bay
Location: Tangier sound

Here is Bucket Head, an 18 year old dog with some speckled trout caught in the Tangier Sound.

Tags: speckled trout

  1. Larry Jarboe, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 12
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Posted on October 9, 2012 | Permalink

Nothing's Better Than a Day Fishing

Region: Southern and Lower Bay
Location: Mallows Bay and Smith Island

Wow! Another great week of fishing in Southern Maryland.

On Monday, I caught the incoming tide at Mallows Bay and loaded up with those tasty blue catfish. To target the blue cats, use fish heads, body plugs, or cut bait, leave the shrimp for perch catching. That said, I did catch a few channel and white catfish. That's my third Catfish Trifecta in this lifetime. I'm having more fun than one man is entitled to.

On Wednesday, Mike Henderson, who helps his wife Christy run Buzz's Marina, asked me out to try out the Bay in his big boat. We had another great day! We caught a half dozen speckled sea trout off Smith Island and both caught a mess of channel bass and black sea bass below the Target Ship. Of course, we only kept our limit of legal red drum (one each) and only sea bass over 12 1/2 inches.

I really broke in my new 4' 9" Ugly Stick which proves a short rod can be just the ticket especially on a boat where the longer rods are difficult to stow away.

Mike has a very good recipe for smoked bluefish dip which made for a great breakfast and lunch on Ritz crackers. Dee by Gawd, life don't get no better. If you're not out fishing between now and November, you're missing the very best of the Maryland lifestyle. Get out from behind that computer screen. Get on the water and wet a line any way you can.

Tags: blue catfish, channel catfish, white catfish, speckled sea trout, channel bass, black sea bass, red drum

  1. John Mullican, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 44
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Posted on October 4, 2012 | Permalink

Cunningham Falls Reservoir Survey

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Potomac River

We recently completed an electrofishing survey of the largemouth bass population in Cunningham Falls Reservoir. The 42 acre reservoir is located in Cunningham Falls State Park in northern Frederick County and supports a variety of popular gamefish including largemouth bass, redear sunfish, bluegill, black crappie, and channel catfish. Adult rainbow trout are also stocked during the spring and fall as part of the put-and-take program. Past surveys typically found bass to be abundant with many quality fish, including some real trophies; this years survey was no exception. Fifty nine percent of the bass collected measured 12 inches or more in length; 10% measured 15 inches or more in length. The largest bass collected during this years survey was more than 22 inches and weighed 6.5 pounds! Also observed during the survey were many nice redear sunfish, bluegill, and black crappie, a lot of fun on light tackle. Although often overlooked, Cunningham Falls Reservoir supports a great fishery in the scenic Catoctin Mountains. A concrete boat ramp is available, but only electric motors can be used. Give it a try!

Tags: Cunningham Falls, Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish

  1. Alex Hrycak, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 10
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Posted on October 2, 2012 | Permalink

Brown Trout at Gunpowder Falls

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Gunpowder Falls

I went fishing at Gunpowder Falls, and had a great day. I got to the stream around 7:45, and fished till they stopped hitting….. which was about 12 pm. The size of the fish varied from about 6 inches to one big 16 inch trout. I was told that all the trout in the stream are brook trout and some rainbows, but I was convinced that this 16 incher was a brown trout. Is there any chance that it was a brown?

DNR Response: You hooked a healthy looking brown trout. Most of the trout in that section of the river are brown trout, DNR stocks rainbows in the lower sections while brook trout can be found in some tributaries.

Tags: brown trout, brook trout, rainbow trout

  1. Keith McGuire, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 25, 2012 | Permalink

Red Drum and Spotted Trout

Type: All
Region: Various
Location: Point Lookout , St. Jerome's Creek, Potomac River, Kedges Strait

I've been catching spotted trout (specks) and juvenile red drum in the Point Lookout area for several weeks. Most frequently, I launch at Buzz's Marina on St. Jerome's Creek and fished shallow water areas (3 - 10 feet) where there is current and structure in the Bay and in the mouth of the Potomac River. When conditions are good, I sometimes head over to the Eastern Shore and fish in Kedges Strait, the Marsh Islands and Smith Island. I've caught specks up to 21 inches and two keeper reds, so far. The redfish in the photo is 19". The speck is 21". I use light tackle and a 3/8 ounce plain jig head with various kinds of 4" soft plastics.

Tags: spotted trout, red drum

  1. Dan Bridges, Recreational Angler
  2. Bozman, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 25, 2012 | Permalink

Good Fishing on the Choptank

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Choptank River

Friday evening, 9/21/2012, my friend Steve and I caught these fish and caught and released many others while casting bucktails and bottom fishing with cut bait. We caught 5 different species along with an Atlantic ray. The picture shows stripers 18"-23", a speckled trout 18", 2 puppy drum 18", 2 bluefish 10"-16" and several perch. We released probably 50 more stripers, 12 more smaller drum and lost 3 more trout. A GREAT WAY TO START FALL FISHING.

Tags: striped bass, speckled trout, red drum, bluefish, perch, Atlantic ray

  1. Jimmy Wellings, Recreational Angler
  2. Lonaconing, MD
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on September 18, 2012 | Permalink

Big Brown Trout Near Piedmont

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: North Branch Potomac River

I caught this big brown up at the north branch of the Potomac River around Piedmont, MD. It weighed between 8-10 lbs, never measured it. He was released.

Tags: brown trout

  1. Brad Cox, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 17, 2012 | Permalink

Rainbow on the Youghiogheny

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Youghiogheny River

I caught this rainbow while staying at Deep Creek for the weekend, we had our fishing equipment just in case we wanted to get out. My son and I went fishing on Saturday afternoon and I caught this fish in the first few casts. We were on the catch and release section of the Yough, just above Sang Run Bridge.

Tags: rainbow trout

  1. Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 60
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Posted on September 13, 2012 | Permalink

Yough River Trout and Smallmouth Bass Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Yough River C&R Trout Fishing Area

Last Sunday I fished the Yough River C&R Trout Fishing Area to try out some terrestrial cricket patterns. The river was quite low, but the first deeper pool I fished brought a nice rainbow to the surface for an explosive hit on the cricket (Picture 1). Recently I fished the river with Inland Fisheries Director Don Cosden and his wife Susie, and we had a great day. We caught about a dozen trout between us, Don landed a gorgeous 17 inch rainbow (Pictures 2 and 3) while Susie caught a nice 14 inch brown trout plus a lot of smallmouth bass (Picture 4). A great brown trout was also recently caught by Sang Run Outfitters fishing guide Larry Teets in the Yough C&R Area, this big brown measured in at 26 inches, and was Larry’s personal best on the Yough (Picture 5).

Tags: rainbow trout, brown trout, smallmouth bass

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